NOFAS Weekly Roundup November 11, 2014

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NOFAS News
Free NOFAS Webinar: "Why Some Pregnant Women Drink"
November 19, 20143:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST.
The November 2104 edition of the NOFAS Webinar Series features NOFAS Vice President and National Spokesperson, Kathy Mitchell, and Dr. Mary DeJoseph, a Family Medicine practitioner with 25 years of personal and professional experience with FASD.
 
NOFAS Rejects Classifying FASD as a “Criminal Injury”
There is currently a court case in the United Kingdom that could lead to the criminalization of drinking alcohol during pregnancy. NOFAS opposes any law or policy that would impose a criminal penalty on the act of drinking alcohol while pregnant.
 
Community News
Special Olympian With FASD Named A Finalist For ‘Runner’s World’ Cover Contest
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“Andrew Peterson was born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Running has provided him with a healthy way to channel energy and a platform to succeed, both as an athlete and as a motivational speaker on the topic of intellectual disabilities.” – The Inquisitr
 
Psychology Today: FASD: The Invisible Syndrome
This article in Psychology Today discusses several facets of the FASD issue, including the challenges of raising a child with FASD, criminal justice system issues, and educational challenges.
 
FASD Reaches "Crisis Levels" in Australian Communities
The Australian Secretary on Indigenous Affairs, Alan Tudge, believes FASD has reached crisis levels in many Indigenous communities.  “He says research from the Fitzroy Crossing area in Western Australia's Kimberley Region has shown that one in four Indigenous babies is born there with FASD.” – SBS News
 
FASD in South Africa
The Foundation for Alcohol Related Research (FARR) has shown that FASD is on the rise in South Africa. “There is a misconception in South Africa that only ‘coloured’ women, especially coloured farm workers on wine farms, can have children with (it). This is mainly because the first FAS research in SA (1997 to 2001) was conducted in a wine farming area (Wellington).”  - The Independent Online
 
Research News
Productivity Losses Attributable to FASD
“The purpose of this study was to estimate the productivity losses due to morbidity of individuals with FASD… About 0.03% of the Canadian workforce experiences a loss of productivity because of FASD-attributable morbidity, which translates to aggregate losses ranging from $418 million Canadian dollars (CND) to $1.08 billion CND annually.” – Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs
 
Public Health/Policy
National Birth Defects Prevention Month Packet
The packet includes content about alcohol use during pregnancy and FASDs and highlights resources from AAP, ACOG, and NOFAS.  The theme is “Making Healthy Choices to Prevent Birth Defects – Make a PACT for Prevention.”
 
'Choices' Program Reaches Out to Women to Prevent FASD
“Choices, a national program that was brought to South Dakota in 2010, has grown from a small grant-based program with the Oglala Sioux Tribe to an active organization with a curriculum designed specifically for Native women.  The program, which was originally supported by the Center for Disease Control and Indian Health Services, now has offices in Rapid City, Pine Ridge and Kyle… The program provides counseling, education and connects [women] with health care providers who can provide birth control.” – Rapid City Journal

Survey
Caregiver Survey: Feeding My Child with FASD
The research team at Oklahoma State University is conducting a survey on caregivers’ experience in feeding children with FASD. The purpose of the research is to learn whether children with FASD have any difficulties with eating.  The survey is part of a study, Eating Behavior in Children with FASD.
 
Tools
Documentary: Moment to Moment: Teens Growing Up With FASDs
“Moment to Moment: Teens Growing Up With FASDs explores the lives of four adolescents with FASDs and the effects that prenatal alcohol exposure has had and continues to have on their journeys to finding independence, fulfillment, and understanding the world around them.”  The DVD is now available online.
 
Webinars
Free NOFAS Webinar: "Why Some Pregnant Women Drink"
November 19, 20143:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST.
The November 2104 edition of the NOFAS Webinar Series features NOFAS Vice President and National Spokesperson, Kathy Mitchell, and Dr. Mary DeJoseph, a Family Medicine practitioner with 25 years of personal and professional experience with FASD.
 
Same Family, Different Stories: Siblings in Complex Blended Families November 20, 20141:00 PM – 2:30 PM EST. “The term “complex blended families” refers to families formed through any combination of birth, adoption, fostering, kinship care, remarriage, or alternative reproductive technology. How children joined the family and its impact on relationships between siblings will be explored.”
 
Events

MOFAS FASD Matters Conference: FASD and Human Rights November 13-14, 2014. Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. Registration is open for the annual FASD matters conference. This year’s theme is FASD and Human Rights. We have exciting keynotes planned for the event.
 
Please send suggested items for the roundup (events, articles, research) to information@nofas.org

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The NOFAS Weekly Roundup is edited by Andy Kachor.